Rags to Riches By Julie B. Cosgrove

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6a).

An eighty year-old friend told me of a cruel joke her older siblings would play on her when she was a little girl.They told her they were going to give her to the “rag man.”

She explained a man came through the streets with a horse-drawn carriage collecting old rags and other broken items people no longer wanted. Her brothers and sisters were in essence telling her she was junk. Unwanted.

Originally homemade rag dolls were sewn from leftover clothes, odd buttons, and whatever stuffing was around the house. But the cool thing? Each was unique. Each took time and imagination to create. Each came from junk but transformed into a gift of beauty by the labor of love.

God can take whatever has become ragged and junky in our lives due to sin and make it into something good and of worth. We will never be thrown into the garbage pile once we agree to become the King of Heaven’s invaluable child.

I’m another rags-to-riches story in the making. How about you?

Julie Cosgrove is an editor and writer for Cru Canada’s internet ministry, Power to Change. Her income, like any missionary’s, is dependent upon prayer and financial partners. She is also a professional speaker and a multiple award-winning author of ten novels with four more under contract.

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An author’s bane is the extremes of procrastination or obsessing over every word…Thank you, Winnie Griggs, for clearing that up for us…

Friday Frolics presented by the Christian Authors Network to lighten your life 😉

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Hurricane Harvey

And Speaking of Harvey     Elizabeth Ludwig

 

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned living on the Texas Gulf Coast, it’s that life can…and often will…change in an instant. I was reminded of this again when Hurricane Harvey lumbered into my hometown on the Texas/Louisiana border and left a swath of devastation that stretched south past Corpus Christie, and west as far as Victoria.

My home did not flood.

But my church did. The homes of many of my friends and co-workers did. The school where I work did. I could go on and on.

Several times, I have had to remind myself to stop and lift my eyes from the flood waters so I can focus on God. He’s been here, taking care of me and mine in countless ways, both big and small. I heard Him in the voice of the car rental person on the phone, who told me, “God bless you,” and “I’m praying for everyone in Texas,” before she hung up. I saw Him in the sweet woman at the church we visited after we evacuated who gave my daughter twenty dollars and with tears in her eyes said, “I wish it was more.” I felt Him as I stood on my porch and saw the rain fall and the water rise.

But what I am most grateful for is when He met with me in my prayer closet. My prayer was heartfelt and desperate—God, please help me. I need You. I don’t know what to do. I don’t have any strength…

If there’s one thing I’ve learned living on the Texas Gulf Coast, it’s that God is…and always will be…good. And because of this, I saw people who were not ashamed to ask a blessing in God’s name. I saw people who were not ashamed to ask for prayer. Mostly, I saw people jump in to help their neighbor. It’s given me strength and hope for the state and the country that I love. People can be good. They can be kind. If they want to. That’s something I don’t think Hurricane Harvey expected when he blew into Texas with a vengeance, but God did. And I am so very grateful.

“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” (Genesis 50:20, NKJV)

Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author and speaker whose

books have been featured in Southern Writers Magazine, More

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Magazine, and Christian Fiction Online Magazine. Book three in her popular Edge of Freedom series, Tide and Tempest, was recently named a finalist for the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Along with her husband and children, she makes her home in the great state of Texas. To learn more,

visit ElizabethLudwig.com.

 

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By Mary Tatem

Tiny footprints. Waffle soles of sporting shoes. Delicate three-pronged bird tracks. What an interesting variety of footprints I saw in the sand on my early-morning walk down the beach. Read More →

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Hello Canners! Hope that you and your loved ones are safe during this traumatic time of hurricanes and forest fires. I’m sure we are all praying for God’s mercy over the many sad situations happening around our nation.

Below are this weeks praises and announcements!

Julie B. Cosgrove’s short story, The Highway Chair, just tied for first place in the inspirational genre in a Texas-wide contest. It will be published in a book along with the other 14 genre first place winners: Best Short Stories in Texas 2017.

Congratulations on this honor, Julie!

Dr. Sandra Glahn was featured on Dallas Theological Seminary’s “The Table Podcast” talking about Christianity and the Arts. https://voice.dts.edu/tablepodcast/theology-and-the-arts/

Listen in at the link above!

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H. L. Wegley recently learned that his Against All Enemies Series, books 1 and 2, Voice in the Wilderness and Voice of Freedom won Gold and Silver in the Readers’ Favorite 2017 Awards for Christian Thrillers.

What a wonderful double honor, Harry!

 

Angela Breidenbach, president of the Christian Authors Network, will be signing at the Romance Through History event at the Garden of Read’n in Missoula, MT on Sep. 16th from 2-4pm. She’ll share the history behind the love stories in her newest release Second Chance Brides Collection as well as Blue Ribbon Brides, Lassoed by Marriage, and Captive Brides Collection releasing Oct. 1st. She will visit with genealogy and history enthusiasts and will have The Bucket List Dare available too.

Don’t miss the chance to meet Angela if you live in the Missoula area!

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